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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-Jan-2019, 06:37 AM (526) Thread Starter
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Best Feeler gauge type

I am about to check my valve clearance (2015 GS) but do not want to leave the valve covers off while looking for the best style/size of feelers to measure clearances. Is there 1 style or brand that works best before I get started ? I have a full set of large snap-on feelers but they may not fit ?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-Jan-2019, 11:42 AM (737)
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Any old feeler will work quite well. The hardest to reach is the rear exhaust cam (have to remove a rubber plug to get access). You can see my generic feeler set in use in this pic:



You have to remove this rubber plug for that measurement. Don't forget to put it back when you are done.



And when you forget?

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Thanks Marc, the photos are great !
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I guess I better continue taking my bike to the dealer. I don't see a feeler gauge, or a rubber plug and that thing in his fingers means nothing to me. thanks anyway...
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I guess I better continue taking my bike to the dealer. I don't see a feeler gauge, or a rubber plug and that thing in his fingers means nothing to me. thanks anyway...
That is certainly an option, an expensive one, but an option nonetheless. Or... you could join a club, find a Tech Day or make a friend who will show you how it is done. And there is also the path of getting a service manual, Haynes manual and a Jim Von Baden DVD. It ainít rocket surgery.
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The thing in my fingers is the rubber plug I was talking about. The feeler is here:
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